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Oukitel P2001 Portable Power Station Review

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Oukitel P2001

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A portable power station with 2,000Wh capacity comes at a price. If you're looking for UPS support, off grid charging options, for example with a solar panel, and all the output ports, you won't mind the weight. The Oukitel P2001 portable power station offers this and more in a compact, no-nonsense design.

Key Features

  • UPS protection
  • Up to 4,000 surge power for AC output
  • 2,000W pure sine wave
  • Super-fast charging in 2 hours via AC
  • Manual switch from 50Hz to 60Hz
Specifications

  • Brand: Oukitel
  • Battery Capacity: 2,000Wh
  • Ports: Output: 6 x AC, 4 x USB-A, 2 x USB-C, 1 x XT60, 2 x DC5521, 1 x Cigar lighter
  • Weight: 48.5lbs (22kg)
  • Dimensions: 15.5x11x13 inches (39.4×27.9x33cm)
  • Battery Technology: Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4)
  • Maximum Discharge: 4,000W (100-120V)
  • Maximum Charge: 1,100W, AC100-120V/50Hz, 10A
  • AC Charge Time: 2 hours
  • Maximum Solar and Adapter Charge: 500W, 12V-48V/15A
  • Solar Charge Time: Variable, minimum 5 hours with maximum sunlight, panels not included
  • Car Charge & Battery Charge: 12V/8A – 24V/10A
Pros

  • Massive battery capacity
  • Plenty of ports
  • Cable storage compartment
  • UPS protection
  • LiFePo4 battery with longer lifespan than Lithium-ion
  • LED light doubles as SOS and flashing light
  • Detailed LCD display with all the details at-a-glance
Cons

  • Barely portable due to its weight
  • Unreliable discharge hours remaining display
  • Limited outdoor use as it's not ruggedized
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Are you prepared for the next power outage? The Oukitel P2001 is a portable power station that can run your fridge and TV, while charging your phone, laptop, and multiple other devices at the same time, with a continuous 2000W output. It can also function as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). If you don't have AC power available for the super-fast recharge, you can use a solar panel or your car, making it perfect for off-grid use.

Let's find out whether this is the power station you must have in your life, or whether it's overkill for your needs.

Oukitel P2001 Build, Design, and Features

The Oukitel P2001 looks like most other portable power stations. It's a square box that houses rechargeable batteries and provides multiple power input and output ports. The plastic build is sturdy and the manifold input and output ports are well-placed.

The LCD display keeps you informed about the current power input, output, charging percentage, approximate discharge time remaining, and many other details. At a glance, you can see which ports are drawing power, when the fans are running, and whether the LED light is turned on. If you're exposing the P2001 to temperatures that are too high (113°F or 45°C) or low (14°F or -10°C), a warning symbol will pop up.

Oukitel P2001 build
Image Credit: Oukitel

The LED light has three modes, including steady, SOS, and flash. To turn on the light, you have to long-press the button, which will also produce a steady beep until you release the button.

We like the little storage compartment at the top, which can hold your charging cables. An AC charging cable is included with the Oukitel P2001, you don't need an external power brick. The storage compartment is flanked by two metal handles for (relatively) easy transport of the P2001.

How Portable Is It Really?

Oukitel P2001 storage compartment with charging cable and handles on top
Image Credit: Tina Sieber

The Oukitel P2001 is about the size of a crate of beer, making it reasonably compact. However, at 48.5lbs (22kg) it's about twice as heavy. You'll have a hard time hauling it around with only one hand. While you can comfortably lift it up by its two top handles, the weight and size severely limit its portability. If you need to carry it over a longer distance, you'll want to get a hand truck.

Is the Oukitel P2001 Waterproof?

Oukitel P2001 AC output ports and cooling fans on right side
Image Credit: Tina Sieber

No, the Oukitel P2001 isn't waterproof. Its plastic case isn't ruggedized, and it sits on four flat rubber feet, which don't provide good clearance from the ground. However, the AC output and input ports are covered by plastic flaps that open from the bottom, providing limited splash protection. Likewise, the Cigar lighter and XT60 port are sealed up with rubber plugs. However, all other ports and the cooling fans are completely unprotected. We don't recommend using it outdoors in the rain, and, sure enough, a logo on the back suggests protecting it from water.

If you do find yourself caught in wet conditions, be sure all ports are turned off. Each set of ports has an on/off button, which is turned off by default. When you turn it on, a tiny LED lights up to let you know the ports are on.

Which Input and Output Ports Does the Oukitel P2001 Offer?

Oukitel P2001 front side with all output ports and LED display
Image Credit: Tina Sieber

The Oukitel P2001 packs a total of 16 output ports:

  • 6 x AC, 2,000W continuous / 4,000W peak (100-120V)
  • 2 x USB-A, 5V/2.4A
  • 2 x USB-A, OC3.0-18W
  • 2 x USB-C, PD-100W
  • 1 x XT60, 12V/10A
  • 2 x DC5521, 12V/3A
  • 1 x cigar lighter, 12V/10A

The two main input ports for charging the power station are an AC and an Anderson port.

Does the Oukitel P2001 Double as Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)?

Yes, the P2001 supports UPS. In the event of a power failure, it can switch from AC to battery mode in less than 10ms. We tested this feature and all devices we hooked up continued working when we cut off AC power in UPS mode. Note, however, that it only works for appliances under 1,100W.

In our experiments with UPS, however, the P2001 exceeded its 1,100W limit and only shut down at around 1,923W continuous discharge, while the input charge continued. When we ran the exact same set of devices without UPS, the continuous discharge stayed below 1,900W and the P2001 had no problems. When we shut AC power off as the P2001 was powering devices in UPS mode, it didn't miss a beat and both the microwave and mixer continued running.

Which AC Control Options Does the Oukitel P2001 Offer?

The P2001 lets you manually switch from 50Hz to 60Hz, providing better protection for your electrical devices. Simply long-press the AC on/off control button for two seconds until you see the frequency blinking, then short-press to switch between the two frequencies. Likewise, you can switch between 100V and 110V by short-pressing the button 10 times. Per its display, the Oukitel P2001 can also support 220V and 230V devices, but there's no external switch, so we think this is an internal setting. Unfortunately, we couldn't test it.

Battery Life, Output, and Charging

Oukitel P2001 AC and Anderson input charging ports
Image Credit: Tina Sieber

The Oukitel P2001 runs on a set of 48 lithium iron phosphate (LiFePo4) battery packs, which provide a total of 2,000Wh. LiFePo4 batteries offer up to 2,000 charging cycles before the capacity starts to degrade. You can charge the P2001 with AC power using the included charging cable. Using the Anderson input port, you can also plug in a solar panel or your car as a power source; those cables are not included and neither is a solar panel.

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How Long Does the Oukitel P2001 Battery Last?

Oukitel P2001 LCD Display
Image Credit: Tina Sieber

The P2001's battery life depends on what you want to power or charge. To get a rough idea, divide the 2,000Wh provided by the P2001 by the wattage you'll be drawing to get the number of hours the battery will last. For example, you should be able to run the built-in 2W LED light for up to 2,000 hours. A 500W appliance, however, will only run for about four hours.

Keep in mind that the amount of power a device draws isn't steady. Most appliances have a high startup surge before they settle at their rated power draw. An air conditioner, for example, can draw up to seven times its rated current initially. Likewise, a laptop will draw more power at full-screen brightness compared to minimum brightness.

In our tests, we found that the displayed discharge remaining wasn't terribly accurate, making us wonder whether the power station still had its full 2,000Wh capacity remaining. For example, at 92% charged, i.e. 1,840Wh capacity remaining, a 1W continuous output would supposedly last only 74 hours, rather than about 1,840 hours. While the estimate seemed way more accurate at higher outputs, our unit did not achieve the calculated battery life.

What's the Oukitel P2001's Peak and Continuous Output?

The P2001's continuous output is 2,000W in battery mode or 1,100W in UPS mode. The P2001's peak power output is 4,000W. To avoid cracking this number, be sure to connect your highest drainer first, i.e. any bigger appliance, then add devices with a lower peak and continuous drains.

When we tested continuous output, we managed to keep AC power going well above 2,000W. Once we cracked 3,000W, however, it only took a few seconds until the power station shut off.

What Can the Oukitel P2001 Charge?

Oukitel P2001 output charge vs wattage meter output charge.
Image Credit: Tina Sieber

Since the Oukitel P2001 can power anything with a maximum peak power drain of 4,000W and a continuous power drain of 2,000W, it can power one or multiple devices that fall within that spectrum. Keep in mind that the peak power drain of an appliance can be multiple times its continuous power drain.

Oukitel demonstrates that you can power a microwave and electric kettle with the P2001.

You could even charge your electric car with the P2001.

How Long Does It Take to Charge the Oukitel P2001?

On AC mains power, the Oukitel P2001 fast-charges from 0% to 100% in two hours. Recharging from 50% battery took us almost exactly an hour. When we fully drained the power station and recharged it back to 100%, we reached a full charge in under one hour and 50 minutes. We suspect that Oukitel's calculations are based on 100V and 50Hz (one possible setting of the P2001), but the standard voltage in North America is 120V and 60Hz.

Charging will take significantly longer when you're using a solar panel or your car to recharge the power station. Since the Anderson port charges at a maximum of 500W, you can expect a full charge to take a minimum of five hours, according to Oukitel. And note that you need to stay within 12-48V when charging via the Anderson port.

Should You Buy the Oukitel P2001 Portable Power Station?

Oukitel P2001 front with LED light turned on
Image Credit: Tina Sieber

The Oukitel P2001 is a massive power station and pretty much at the top end of what can be considered portable. With 16 output ports, spread across seven different types of ports, and both AC and Anderson input ports, as well as UPS support, it's quite versatile. You'll be hard-pressed to find a device you can't charge with the P2001.

However, this comprehensive set of features comes at a price, and we don't just mean that literally. The Oukitel P2001 is quite heavy, making it barely portable. And it might be overkill if you just need to charge a few low-wattage devices for short instances a few times a year.

That said, if you have frequent power failures and need an emergency backup power supply for critical devices, the Oukitel P2001 might be just what you need. It has enough capacity to power even larger appliances for several hours. And it's perfect for longer off-grid use, especially if you already own a solar panel.

To catch the best deal, be sure not to miss the Kickstarter that ends in late February.

If you'd rather get something a little lighter and hence more portable, we recommend the Maxoak Bluetti AC100 with 1,000Wh.

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